Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Connecting Past, Present, and Future

Archives Project:

Next year will be the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I.  Students at The Webb School in Bell Buckle will have unprecedented access to primary sources relating to the war thanks to our current archival project.

Last week history teacher and resident historian, L.R. Smith came with his upper school "World Wars" class bearing gifts to The Webb School Library and Archives.  The items he brought to us were glass slides from both the turn of the century and the first world war. Mr. Smith had rescued the slides from a flooding basement on campus some 37 years ago and has kept them in a safe place for all of those years.  He also rescued the original projector for the slides.

With the help of our archivist, students are cleaning the slides, writing descriptions, and accessioning the slides.  Mr. L.R. Smith has been an invaluable resource in identifying everything from landscapes, military uniforms, and breeds of dogs.

A large part of the slides collection is from a World War I speaking series developed by Woodrow Wilson's Committee on Public Information (CPI) to manage news and solicit support for the war. Under the direction of George Creel, the CPI organized the “Four Minute Men.” a group of orators who spoke for four minutes at theaters as the film reels were changed.

More on the Four Minute Men

from - American Social History Project / Center for Media and Learning (Graduate Center, CUNY) and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (George Mason University).

from - National Archives Records of the Committee on Public Information

More on the Anniversary of World War I

From satin to khaki: Women join the Military Preparedness Movement of 1916

Teaching With Documents: Sow the Seeds of Victory! Posters from the Food Administration During World War I

Also in the slide collection
Pristine collection of "Feminine Health and Life Habits" [sex ed circa 1922]

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Research Writing

Capstone - The Webb School Senior Research Project

So far this year, our Seniors have chosen a topic, written an annotated bibliography for eight sources and they have written a compelling introduction for their project.  Now it is time to write about their research.  We have divided the project into background and primary research sections.  Here are the tips we passed along today.

Background Research Section

Questions to answer to jump-start your research writing:

Who are the researchers in the field?
Who am I writing about?

Where does the research take place?
Is there a prominent location in the research?

What are the relevant studies?
What is the state of the art today?

When does the research take place?
What dates are significant?

How was the research conducted.
How have others gone about trying to solve problems you want to tackle, and in what ways will your approach build on and vary from previous work?

Data to include - Findings/Data/Results  [explanation of results includes the use of Tables, Photos, and Maps]

Primary Research Section

My own Research – you become the expert

Ideas and examples for Primary Research
Following Twitter Feeds or Blogs - journaling your impressions
Starting a Twitter Feed or blog about your topic
Keeping a research journal
Interview an Expert/Professional face to face, Skype, OR via email
Survey a group
Statistical survey
Video Journal an experience
Conduct an Experiment
Chart a Contrast/Comparison
Creating an “Infographic” to include in your presentation
Shadow an expert [in person or online]
Opinion Poll